The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s director of local government Sean Nolan has announced his retirement.
In a message to colleagues, Mr Nolan said he had been considering his future for several months and would leave the organisation at Christmas.
He added: “My reason for retiring is personal and straightforward. As some of you know, I survived a major health scare ten years ago and ten years on, in good health but on the cusp of my 58th birthday later this month, it just feels the right thing to do for me and my family. I am also fortunate that my own personal circumstances means I can afford to retire.”
Mr Nolan, who joined Cipfa last year, said his career had been an “incredible professional journey” since starting out as a “somewhat awestruck” trainee at Greater Manchester Council.
He added that Cipfa chief executive Rob Whiteman wishes to maintain the director of local government role and said he would encourage his colleagues to “think seriously” about the opportunity to replace him.
Mr Nolan said that he would initially take on some “very small and limited assignments” for Mr Whiteman and others but did not “intend to make a new career out of that.”
He added: “I wish you all the very best for the future and thank you for the friendships and professional working over the years.”